Library Guide – Halifax Public Library Resources

In addition to resources from the JL Ilsley High School Library website, Halifax Public Libraries offer access to a variety of digital resources.

Halifax Public Libraries websites                           

Digital Library Card  FREE!!!

Click above to learn how to get your free library card.

Library Catalog
Search for e-books and audiobooks that can be downloaded with your free Digital Library Card.
  Libby is an app that is used to manage e-books and audiobooks.
-          Search for books available for loan
-          Borrow and place holds on e-books and audiobooks.
-          Read e-books or listen to audiobooks.
App is free and connects to your free Digital Library Card

Students will need a Halifax Public Library Card to access some of these databases.

-          Canadian Encyclopedia
-          Free access
-          Canadian content
-          Curriculum resources
-          World Book
-          French and English content
-          Articles, images and videos
-          Current events, biographies, etc
-          Log-in with your free Digital Library Card and click on Student from the main search screen.
-          Gale General Reference Centre
-          Current events and news

-    ProQuest

-     Health and Wellness Resource Centre
Teens Section
Provides access to resources intended for a teen audience.

Monday - Friday
9:05 am  - 3:20 pm
EBSCO Search
Ebsco Host
EBSCO Host Français
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Explora Canada
Explora Educator
Explora Elementary
Teacher Reference Centre
Middle School Plus
Canadian Points of View
History Reference Centre
Literary Reference Centre
Science Reference Centre
Reading Lists

Library Guide – Reading Lists


Welcome to our Reading Corner!


Book Lists
Looking for another great read? Check out these book lists!
2020 Best Fiction for Young Adults
Canada Reads
Time Magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Books

Scotiabank Giller Prize List

New York Times Bestsellers List

Reading Suggestions

Check out these great reads!

The Poet X
Elizabeth Acevedo
Call number: CON FIC ACE
The Poet X: Acevedo, Elizabeth: 9780062662804: Books -

Book Review Courtesy of

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

Stamped: racism, antiracism, and you
Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi
Call Number: 305.8009 REY

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book  Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning: Reynolds, Jason, Kendi, Ibram X.:  9780316453691: Books -
Book review courtesy of

A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America

This is NOT a history book.
This is a book about the here and now.
A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.
A book about race.

The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.

Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas--and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

Accessing Your Library Account

Library Guide - Accessing Your Library Account

Students can access their library account from the library website to place holds or renew books.

Email Mrs. Smith at if you have any questions or require assistance.

-         Click on Login. The Login button is the last tab on the blue main menu.
-         Enter your provincial school ID number from your school ID in the username field.
-         Your first name is the password (lower case letters).
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Check out the sites below for free access to e-books.

Tumblebook Library

Sora - login to your GNSPES account prior to clicking on the Sora link

WOW Reading Challenge
WOW Reading Challenge

Love to read?

Want to win prizes?

Simply stop by the library or email Mrs. Smith 
the number of pages in the book you just finished reading. 
For every 50 pages read, your name will go into a monthly draw.

Challenge begins on November 1, 2020 and ends on April 1, 2021.

Reading Survey

Please take a few moments to complete the reading survey.  To access, click on "Reading Survey".

Book Recommendations
Book Recommendations

Please use this form to submit a suggested book title for purchase by the JL Ilsley Library.

GoodReads Teens
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